FDL Movie Night: “Smile ‘Til It Hurts: The Up with People Story”

By: Monday August 8, 2011 5:00 pm

Up with People was a non-profit corporation, a counter to the counterculture, the voice of Nixon’s Silent Majority and it’s well-publicized busload of kids traveling the world and staying with host families delivered an experiment in a new life style, a freshly scrubbed version of hippies. Whether singing “Freedom Isn’t Free” at a barbed wire Berlin Wall checkpoint, showcasing their talents at Richard Nixon’s Inaugural, or performing in later years before groups of auto workers–who unknowingly would soon be laid off by the tour sponsor General Motors–Up with People was on message for the Establishment, spreading the word that being nice was nice, and the nicer you were to people, the more niceness would spread. And the world would live happily ever after.


Late Night: Gosh, That Was Certainly Not Very Fly of Him

By: Saturday June 11, 2011 8:02 pm

In news that will startle exactly nobody, a Fox yapping head resorts to cheap race baiting.

Revisiting Segregation

By: Sunday January 23, 2011 5:00 pm

Most of the time, I read a news story about something in education, and I think about it for about five minutes before letting it go, chalking it up to just another new smudge on the complicated stained glass window that is public education. The other day, though, I read the article “In N.C., a new battle on school integration,” and I thought of little else during my “processing” time, with the exception of lesson modifications and other “teachery” things like that.

Joe Scarborough Runs the Old “No Southern Republicans Were Racists” Play

By: Thursday August 19, 2010 10:30 am

On “Morning Joe” this AM, JoeScar started laying the groundwork for Haley Barbour, claiming that he’s going to be labeled a “racist” by “the media” if he runs against Obama—just because he’s a “white Southerner.”

Right-Wingers Compare Shirley Sherrod to Rush Limbaugh and Trent Lott

By: Wednesday July 21, 2010 10:30 am

Wingnuts do love their false equivalencies, but this is disgusting even for them.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes, Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Color Blindness

By: Sunday May 30, 2010 2:00 pm

[Welcome Professor Michelle Alexander, and Host Paul Street] [As a courtesy to our guests, please keep comments to the book.  Please take other conversations to a previous thread.  - bev] Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the age of Color Blindness Early in her courageous and important book The New Jim Crow: [...]

New University of Washington Study: Tea Party Simmers with Racial Resentment

By: Friday April 9, 2010 10:30 am

Are all Teabaggers racist? Of course not. Are some? Undoubtedly. Now that the obvious is out of the way, there seems to be an awful lot of Teabaggers who have serious issues with race.

Group that Lobbied Republican Governor to Honor Confederacy Tied to White Supremacists

By: Wednesday April 7, 2010 10:30 am

The interwebs are buzzing today with the news that GOP Gov. Robert McDonnell of Virginia has declared April “Treason in Defense of Slavery” month. But what’s not getting enough attention is the fact that the group that convinced McDonnell to sign the declaration are a bunch of neo-Confederates.

The Root of It All

By: Sunday February 21, 2010 5:30 pm

There is still enough energy left in the wounded serpent that is the Southern Strategy to lash out in a furious flowering of poison to corrode our moral fiber. The question is whether the corporate interests that back this strategy in order to keep their taxes low (or non-existent) will finally forsake the oncological, selfish model of capitalism for the more civic-minded one that prevails in Europe and elsewhere.

Michael Steele: Harry Reid Should Resign for Racially Insensitive Remarks — Honest Injun

By: Sunday January 10, 2010 11:30 am

Yeah, this is pretty rich. Here’s a guy who promised to woo African American voters with fried chicken, refused to criticize Glenn Beck for saying that the president was a “white culture”-hating racist, and who just a few days ago dropped the Native American equivalent of “nigger” on national teevee.

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